Pure Gold

Job 23:10-11, “Yet He knows the way I have taken; when He has tested me, I will emerge as pure gold. My feet have followed in His tracks; I have kept to His way and not turned aside.”
Gold has always been considered to be a very precious and valuable metal.  Mined from the earth, refined in furnaces with enormous heat, pure gold is as beautiful as it is expensive.  It’s durability is known by the fact that gold coins from many centuries ago can still be found in shipwrecks and with little more than soap and water they can be cleaned to a bright luster again.
In 1 Peter 1:6-7, the Apostle Peter compared the value of our faith to gold when he said, “You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials so that the genuineness of your faith — more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire.”  And again in verse 18 & 19, Peter mentions gold when he said, “For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold,  but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.”

Peter was a fisherman turned statesman for Jesus Christ.  His own faith failure, moments before Jesus would go to the cross did not change God’s plan for him.  He went from a man of the sea, cursing and swearing, a man who lied about even knowing Jesus to an apostle, preaching Christ’s gospel and willing to be martyred rather than deny his Savior again.

While it is unlikely that he had ever owned any gold, he knew the value of his faith.  But for us, the idea that gold is perishable is something impossible to comprehend.  On display in the British Museum is a gold coin that originated in the area of Lydia Anatolia, near Ephesus in about 600 BC.  It is estimated to be over 2,700 years old. 

The word ‘gold’ is used over 20 times in the Book of Revelation alone.  In Revelation 21, it is used to describe everything from a city with altars and candlesticks of gold, to streets measured by a rod of gold and paved with gold.  But the wondrous thing about heaven’s gold is that it is so pure that it is described as “clear”, unstained by any sin or guilt and “transparent” enough to see through. 

We can all rejoice in anticipation of that remarkable sight that awaits us!!

But we are, as they say, in the here and now.  And that faith the we have been given, a substance far more valuable than all the gold we can carry, has justified us, and we are being sanctified by His blood which is far more precious than any gold or silver and we have each been given a path to take, a road to travel and job to do. 
In Mark 16, Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.” 
If each of us reached out to that part of creation that we can touch and preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ as we have been directed to do, we could say as Job did,  “Yet He knows the way I have taken; when He has tested me, I will emerge as pure gold. My feet have followed in His tracks; I have kept to His way and not turned aside.”
Father God, You own all of the gold, all of the silver, You own everything that we can see and even everything we can’t.  All of the cattle on a thousand hills are Yours.  The very air we breathe is Yours.  You do know the ways we have taken in the past, so today make known to us the path you now want us to take.  If our ears are not open to Your voice, open them Lord. Test us and give us grace and faith to be tried and come out as pure gold, without the stain of sin.  Give us courage to not turn aside when trouble comes.  In Jesus Name, Amen. 

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